Leinster fly-half Jonathan Sexton has warned his side they face a tough task when they go up against Bath in the Heineken Cup at the Recreation ground today as Ladbrokes report a free rugby bet for betting on the game.
While Bath have struggled in the Aviva Premiership of late, culminating in a loss to Sale over the weekend , but their last European outing saw the English side emerge victorious 16-13 over Montpellier.
The game forms the first part of a double header between the two sides which could prove pivotal in who emerges from the group stages, and Sexton, who helped his side to a draw against Montpellier in the first round of the tournament, believes that the back to back games against Bath will be the deciding factor in pool three following their stalemate against the French outfit.
“Everyone said that getting a draw away in Montpellier was a good result, but it means if we lose another game the prospect of a home quarter-final is gone and you’d also be under pressure to qualify from the pool.” He said.
“In many ways it’s a must-win game for us this weekend. If we win we’re in control of the pool. If we lose then we need other results to go our way, which is not where you want to be in the Heineken Cup. It’s one game at a time, everything is geared towards this weekend and then we’ll start from scratch again afterwards.”
Bath’s Stephen Donald is expected to start the game against the reigning European champions, with the All Black proving his qualities when he helped kick New Zealand to World Cup glory in the absence of Dan Carter earlier this year.
A battle of the fly-halfs is expected on Sunday, with Sexton proving his worth in helping Leinster to win a tight final against Northampton last year.